I was pleased to represent Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services the Hon. Gareth Ward MP to officially open the new Wentworth Community Housing 16-unit social housing development in Western Sydney which builds on the NSW Government’s strong record of delivering new social housing across the state.

The new units in St Marys would support vulnerable older women with a safe place to call home as well as wraparound supports.

Older women often face challenges securing housing in the private market, putting them at increased risk of homelessness. These units have been cleverly designed to make best use of space and are a modern, fit-for-purpose place to call home.

The NSW Government injected $3 million into the $4.5 million project that was developed in partnership with Wentworth Community Housing.

The project will support women over the age of 45, by providing them with secure housing and services, these brand new homes are a great example of how collaboration between government and non-government organisations can deliver outstanding outcomes.

Wentworth Community Housing CEO Stephen McIntyre said tenants will be linked to health services, social and community activities, and migrant and multicultural supports to ensure their good health and wellbeing.

“Not only will this project provide a home to women in need, but it will make sure tenants are connected to their community. Services will range from counselling, health checks, sports and arts classes, to multicultural supports so the women can stay on top of their health, are socially connected and feel empowered.

Consultations were held with tenants living in similar developments to inform the planning, design and development of the project.